Trial by Jury
Foreman of the JuryGeorge S. Niles
UsherThomas W. Butt
Defendant (Edwin)Albert Bedard
The Learned JudgeLeonard Rule
Counsel for PlaintiffMaurice Buckley
Plaintiff (Angelina)Anne Olshewsky
Chorus of Spectators, Gentlemen of the Jury, and BridesmaidsMarcelle Robichaud,
Ethel Shenton Jones,
William Neverett, Jr.,
|SCENE: A Courtroom
TIME: About 1860
Edwin, tiring of his sweetheart Angelina, falls in love with another;
and Angelina accordingly hails him into court for breach of promise.
At the rise of the curtain the Usher, while enjoining impartiality on
the Jurymen, shows a definite partiality himself for the fair Plaintiff.
Edwin explains that he simply happened to fall in love with another girl.
Though both Jury and Judge indicate that they have similar episodes
in their own past, they have little sympathy for him.
After the Jury is sworn in, Angelina appears and immediately captivates
all the men present. Her lawyer gives a stirring speech, and she falls
sobbing on his breast.
Edwin proposes various solutions, but in vain. He offers to marry her
if he may marry his other sweetheart later, but her lawyer objects.
Edwin tries to dissuade her from wanting to marry him at all, saying
that when he is drunk he would beat her. The Judge proposes that Edwin
be made drunk to see whether he would, but her lawyer objects.
Finally, the Judge, disgusted at the objections and eager to get away,
married Angelina himself.